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CAS News April 29, 2013
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CAS Mourns the Loss of Graduate Student Lu Lingzi
The College of Arts & Sciences is saddened by the death of Lu Lingzi, a master’s degree student in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, who lost her life in the Boston Marathon bombing. A scholarship will be established to honor the life of this promising young student, so tragically cut short. A memorial service was held for Lingzi on April 22 at the GSU Metcalf Ballroom. Read more
Economist Larry Epstein Elected to AAAS
CAS Professor of Economics Larry Epstein, a pioneer in the field of decision theory, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). With decision theory, Epstein studies the choices people make in different situations to find common behaviors that should underlie their choices, regardless of the situation. Election to the Academy represents a strong acknowledgement of Epstein’s contributions to our understanding of why people behave the way we do. Read more
Walk This Way: How Early Hominins Got Around
According to a new study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jeremy DeSilva in the journal Science, our Australopithecus ancestors may have used a different approach to walking than previously believed. DeSilva hypothesizes that these early hominins walked with a fully extended leg (like humans do), but with an inverted foot (like an ape), producing hyperpronation of the foot and excessive rotation of the knee and hip. Read more
Programming Smart Machines
CS’s Appavoo Wins NSF Early Career Award
The National Science Foundation has honored Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jonathan Appavoo with an Early Career Award for his work teaching computers to learn from their past behavior. As computers become more complex, they become more difficult to program efficiently. This trend threatens the sustainability of computing advances. Perhaps, posits Appavoo, we can draw upon biologically inspired learning techniques to develop a new model of hybrid computer that inherently learns from its past behavior to automatically improve its performance. Read more. Read the Bostonia article
Lorca the New Yorker
Romance Studies chair Christopher Maurer curates a new exhibit at the New York Public Library showcasing Spanish poet Federico García Lorca’s time in NYC. Lorca dedicated his book of verse, Poet in New York, to the city that so fascinated him during his time there. The book, which explores his feelings of alienation and isolation, was inspired both by Lorca’s existence as a foreigner in a new land and the Wall Street crash, which he witnessed up close. The citywide celebration, “Lorca in NY: A Celebration,” runs April 5 through July 21. Read more
Hacking to Help the Environment
A BU computer science student “hacking” team won Second Place Overall at the Clean Web Hackathon for developing software that helps mobile device users learn environmental information about their present location. Hackathon participants are tasked with building applications that tackle energy, waste, water, and other sustainability issues by leveraging web and mobile technologies. It was not the first victory for the BU team; they also scored in the top ten at the MIT Hackathon and won the Tufts Hackathon. Read more
CAS Features Prominently in Research Magazine
The 2012 edition of Research at Boston University features a number of CAS researchers, including Assistant Professor of Astronomy Merav Opher, Professor of Biology Richard Primack, and Professor of Earth & Environment Ranga Myneni, just to name a few. Learn more about your colleagues’ wide range of research interests. Read more
Technology Transfer Funding Helps CAS Profs Make Impact
Some people think that commercialization—technology transfer—is something only engineers do. But a number of CAS professors have recently received Ignition Award funding from BU Technology Development (OTD) for important work they are doing. BU has several “gap funding” programs managed by OTD, including the Ignition Awards. Gap funding allows BU research to advance toward commercialization by leveraging government-sponsored basic research funding.

Read about the recent CAS recipients’ work.
Learn about OTD’s Ignition Awards.
Learn about other sources of technology research funding.
Hart Research Study Underscores Value of Liberal Arts Education
A recent study by Hart Research Associates shows that employers strongly prefer employees with characteristics that are cultivated by a liberal arts education. Among the skills employers value most are innovation, critical thinking, and the ability to solve complex problems. Read more
Announcements
Pricing Looks, Pricing Gender
On April 30, Assistant Professor of Sociology Ashley Mears will deliver the next Discoveries Lecture. “Pricing Looks, Pricing Gender” is an exploration of the economics of the modeling industry, drawing on ethnographic data from within the New York and London fashion worlds. Read more
Arts Day to Replace Comm. Ave. Fair
This September 20, the BU Arts Initiative is launching a new event for the campus community that replaces the Comm. Ave. Fair with an “arts crawl” to arts-related activities across campus. If you have an idea for an event, contact the BU Arts Initiative or the CAS Communications staff.
BU STEM Education and Outreach Open Forum
On Wednesday, May 8, BU faculty are invited to an open forum to discuss progress and next steps in promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach efforts at the University. The forum will take place in the Colloquium Room on the 9th Floor of the Photonics Center, beginning with lunch at noon, followed by the forum at 1 p.m., and concluding with a reception at 5 p.m. Participants will discuss ways to foster communication and collaboration among the various STEM activities, identify the next key areas and opportunities to pursue, and assess the resources and organizational infrastructure STEM requires for future activities. Anyone in the BU community interested in STEM education and outreach is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Geri Montgomery.
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Lectures & Events
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Pricing Looks, Pricing Gender
Co-Curricular Event: Casablanca
Growing up Jewish in British Colonial Kenya and Mau Mau
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Film Screening: Tokyo Sonata
10
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BU-India Symposium
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Faculty Meetings & Deadlines
8
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CAS CCD Meeting
9
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Final Exams/Last Day of Classes
15
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CAS Faculty Meeting
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Faculty Meetings
Faculty News

Professor of Archaeology Kathryn Bard has recently been invited to become a corresponding member of the Advisory Committee of Shanghai Archaeology Forum being launched under the auspices of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The committee consists of top scholars in archaeology and cultural heritage from all regions of the world.

Critics from the Washington Post and other publications have praised the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, for its production of 18th-century German playwright Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein. Adapted into English and condensed from a trilogy into a lean two-and-a-half-hour play by CAS Professor of English and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, the play follows one general’s route through the Catholic vs. Protestant religious bloodbath known as the Thirty Years’ War. Read the Post review

An exhibit based on the work of Professor of Biology Richard Primack will be on display at the Concord Museum through September 15. The exhibit explores Primack’s work using the thorough seasonal observations of Thoreau to demonstrate that higher mean temperatures cause spring flowers to bloom sooner in a predictable pattern. The exhibit is titled “Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate Change.” Primack, along with Concord Museum Curator David F. Wood, gave a talk on this topic on April 13 at the museum, located at 53 Cambridge Turnpike in Concord. Read a recent New York Times article on Primack’s work.

this month's accolades
Staff News

Joanne Hart, program administrator for the African Studies Center, and Cynthia Brossman, administrative director of the CAS Learning Resource Network, have been named 2013 John S. Perkins Distinguished Service Award winners. The award, given by the BU Faculty Council, recognizes members of the Boston University family who have served the University with great distinction and have made important contributions to the University. The award ceremony and reception will be held at the Metcalf Trustee Center, One Silber Way, 9th Floor at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Student News

CAS has eight new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellows. The GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Read more

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